From the nuclear question to Japan’s softening stance on foreign solar imports, Andy Colthorpe rounds up the main themes that came out of PV Expo in Tokyo last week.
Earlier this month, the first grid-connected utility PV power plant in Rwanda and East Africa was officially opened. PV Tech spoke to Rwanda’s high commissioner to the UK, Williams Nkurunziza, about what the project means for his country and for the region.
With PV Expo getting underway today in Tokyo, Japan, PV Tech’s reporter on the ground, Andy Colthorpe, takes a look at some of the dazzling array of technologies and companies on display.
The PV Expo exhibition and conference takes place in Japan this week and will look both to the present task of executing projects from a 50GW-plus pipeline and to the longer term challenges faced by an industry entering the final years of its feed-in tariff (FiT).
Optimism is growing that the Paris COP 21 meeting set for November and December 2015 could lead to an international agreement to limit CO2 emissions. James Watson, CEO of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), explains why a successful outcome would be a boon for the solar industry.
Minh Le and Dr Lidijia Sekaric of the US Department of Energy’s (DoE) solar cost-cutting programme, Sunshot Initiative, talk to Andy Colthorpe about the scheme’s progress, in hardware, in technology and in ‘soft costs’.
An India project MoU may mean nothing in isolation but if the big ideas they contain can be matched with big investment, their job will be done.
Building a PV power plant is one thing; making sure it pays is a whole different game. Laura E. Stern explains the benefits of combining physical and financial solar asset management in maximising a plant’s profitability.
The inclusion of the investment tax credit (ITC) in President Obama’s 2016 budget is of course good news but it is the beginning not the end of the debate.
Lightweight crystalline PV modules promise a potentially large new market for solar, as well as addressing a variety of problems such as transportation costs. But further work is needed to establish their performance and durability, says Fraunhofer’s Cordula Schmid.